THE domestic professional cricket season will not start until August 1 at the earliest, with the England and Wales Cricket Board looking at options for a shortened season.

The professional game group (PGG) will put forward proposals for red and white-ball cricket to resume, while the ECB statement said that "learnings" would be taken from the England men's team's return to training and match action in July.

The ECB said consideration is being given to playing behind closed doors but also to strictly limited crowds, observing social distancing at all times.